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UMKC’s weekly arts, sports and culture roundup

Each week, the University of Missouri-Kansas City offers an array of on-campus activities. It’s nothing new. UMKC has a long legacy of hosting countless culturally enriching events. These activities are part of what give UMKC a vibrant campus life, and make UMKC an arts and culture powerhouse. The influence of UMKC-based and UMKC-trained alumni extends well beyond the campus’ edge, so their activities are listed here as well.

Featured Event:

What: “Wittenberg” Preview Performance
UMKC Theatre’s undergraduate actors and master of fine arts design team present this production. Previews are Oct. 9-13, opening night is Oct. 14 and performances run through Oct. 25. The story is about Prince Hamlet at the beginning of another fall semester at the University of Wittenberg. As the prince ping-pongs between the contrary advice from his teachers Martin Luther, professor of theology; and Doctor Faustus, professor of philosophy; the two intellectuals go head-to-head in comic combat for the conflicted Dane’s allegiance. The play is by David Davalos and directed by Tom Mardikes, UMKC Theatre chair.
Where: Grant Hall Theatre, 5228 Charlotte St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9
Tickets can be purchased online.

Oct. 7 – 13

What: Putting the “Disco” Back in Discourse
Students and faculty can participate in this open mic night through musical performances, creative writing or other talents.
Where: iX Theatre Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo.
6 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7
It’s free.

What: JoDee Davis Faculty Recital
This faculty recital features JoDee Davis, trombone; with Patricia Higdon, piano; Jay Carter, countertenor; Emily Trapp, piano; and Timothy Howe, professor of trombone at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Performance pieces include Weber: Romance; Ziani: “Virgo, Virgo prius” from Alma redemptoris mater; Caldara: “Dovunque il guardo giro” from La passione di Gesù Cristo signor nostro; Telemann: Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:f1; Gibson: Spark for Trombone and Piano Duo (world premiere); and Šulek: Sonata (“Vox Gabrieli”).
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7
It’s free.

What: UMKC Men’s Soccer vs Incarnate Word
It’s Greek Night.
Where: Durwood Soccer Stadium, 5099 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8
Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. Single tickets start at $7 and can be purchased online.

What: Conservatory Orchestra
The Conservatory Orchestra, directed by Robert Olson, performs with new faculty member Frank Diaz guest conducting. Performance pieces include Berlioz: Overture to The Roman Carnival, Op. 9; Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnole, Op. 34; and Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9
Tickets are $9, $7 for seniors and free for UMKC faculty, staff and students with UMKC or student ID. Tickets can be purchased online.

What: Saxophone Studio Recital
This recital features students from the saxophone studio of Zachary Shemon. It includes Dan Velicer on piano. Performance pieces include Dundee: Drifting for Saxophone Ensemble; Ibert: Concertino da camera; Milhaud: “Brazileira” from Scaramouche, Op. 165c; Glauzunov: Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E-flat Major, Op. 109; and Vivaldi, arr. Klopcic: “Winter” from The Four Seasons, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11
It’s free.

What: Guest Artist Recital with Linda Chatterton and Rachel Brandwein
This is a guest artist recital featuring Linda Chatterton, flute; and Rachel Brandwein, harp. Performance pieces include Ibert: Entr’acte; Bozza: Deux impressions pour flûte et harpe; Chen Yi, arr. Brandwein: Three Bagatelles from China West; Saint-Saens, arr. Chatterton: Fantaisie pour violon et harpe, Op. 124; Vaughan Williams: Selections from Six Studies in English Folksong; Guridi: Viejo zortzico; Hill: Selections from This Floating World; and Brandwein: “labyrinthe pastoral” from Suite de Nature. Funding for this recital has been provided by the UMKC Conservatory and Dance Alumni Association Fund.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11
It’s free.

What: “It Sounded Better at Home! Overcoming Performance Anxiety, and the Art of Optimum Performance”
This guest lecture is presented by flutist Linda Chatterton, Yamaha artist, author and lecturer on performance anxiety. She is also a winner of two McKnight Artist Fellowships. The topic is “It Sounded Better at Home! Overcoming Performance Anxiety, and the Art of Optimum Performance.” This event is made possible by the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance Alumni Association Fund and the Yamaha Corporation of America.
Where: White Recital Hall, James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12
It’s free.

What: ArtSounds: “As I See You”
Composer Stacy Busch, spoken word artist Sarah Mundy and video/sound artist Cody Kauhl create a performative event that bridges the gap between the concert hall and film theater. “As I See You” is a concert split in two halves that tells the same story twice with projected silent video, live performers and spoken word. Mara Gibson and Paul Rudy, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance professors, are co-directors of ArtSounds, which explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making.
Where: Epperson Auditorium, Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 7:30 – 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13
It’s free. For more information, please visit:

What: Education through African American Churches: Biomedical and Health Information Research
This panel discussion is presented during Black Studies Focus Week in Partnership with Miller Nichols Library. The panelists include Jannette Berkley-Patton, director, Community Health Research Group, and associate professor at UMKC School of Medicine; Carole Bowe-Thompson, project director, UMKC Community Health Research Group; Rev. Eric D. Williams, senior pastor, Calvary Temple Baptist Church, and executive director of the Calvary Community Outreach Network.
Where: Room 4301, UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies, Health Sciences Building, 2464 Charlotte St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13
It’s free.

What: “Transmissions/Signals”
The UMKC Gallery of Art presents “Transmissions/Signals,” the most recent work of Warren Rosser and James Woodfill. Built around a discussion of the extended medium of painting, this work brings focus to the expansive definition that both artists have of the discipline.
Where: UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 204 of the UMKC Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.
When: Now through Oct. 16

What: The Miracle Worker
This is an American story of Helen Keller and her teacher. Helen Keller is a child who has been deaf and blind since infancy. She’s alone in a secret world. She’s disobedient and wild. But Annie, a recent graduate from an institute for the blind, senses Helen’s curiosity and cleverly opens her world to language. Together, they show that even the most overwhelming obstacles can be overcome.
Where: The Coterie, Crown Center, Suite 144, 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
Now through Oct. 25.
UMKC Connection: Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded the Coterie.
For tickets and show times, visit the website.

What: You Can’t Take it With You
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, Alice wants to marry Tony, the banker’s son and invites his parents to dinner to give their blessing to the marriage. But when Tony’s snooty, high-class parents met Alice’s peculiar extended family – including her grandfather the philosopher, her nutty ballerina sister and the fireworks enthusiast Mr. De Pinna – things become hilariously explosive. Also featuring New Theatre favorites Cathy Barnett, Craig Benton, Deb Bluford, Dodie Brown and Jim Korinke.
Where: The New Theatre Restaurant, 9299 Foster St., Overland Park, Kan.
Now through Nov. 29
For tickets and show times, visit the website.
UMKC Connection: Co-owners Dennis Hennessy and Richard Carrothers are both UMKC graduates and both were presented with honorary doctorates by the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences in 2012.

What: Art in the Square
Art in the Square is an initiative of the City of Kansas City to showcase public art while reinforcing the city’s commitment to investing in local artists. The exhibit represents a unique collection of thought-provoking artwork that ranges from whimsical to innovative. The first Art in the Square exhibit, which will be placed in Washington Square Park, will feature art from five local artists. UMKC Associate Dean of the UMKC College of Arts & Sciences Kati Toivanen will have her “Flowering Wall” on display. Toivanen is also a professor in the UMKC Art and Art History Department.
Where: Washington Square Park, Pershing Road and Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, Mo.
Now through Dec. 21
It’s free. For information, visit Art in the Square online.

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